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2017-08-20 07:51 pm
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LOL!

Apparently, it was a day of deja vu when I sliced off a bit of my left finger while pruning my butterfly pea plant. Shock, followed by pain and a bit of half-laughing, half-crying, and off I went to my general practitioner who dressed it, said it was a clean wound ("shaving accident") and gave me a booster jab.

Why I said deja vu was that I did something similar to the same finger a long time ago while I was still studying in Australia. :D

No painkillers, just the ache of my bruised ego
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2017-07-19 06:35 pm
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From my Wordpress blog update.

After three days of intensive theory and testing, I am now a certified first-aider. I am over the moon about this, because I fulfilled the promise I’d made for myself a while back. A bit of background why I wanted to learn first aid: my great grandparents from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family were physicians and bone-setters. My great grandmother herself was a herbalist and knew about herbs. So, I couldn’t be a doctor, since I chose the path of a historian – but my interest in medicine and helping people has always been there. The interest spiked while I coped with my chronic illnesses and many health scares.

So, what a week! 🙂
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2017-06-29 09:02 am
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Updates!

I am back from Cambodia. Flew back exactly a week ago. Siem Reap was hot, dry, but an eye-opening experience. Plus, the fried crickets were delicious, yum. Coming back was a culture shock - so much privilege, people taking things for granted.

Then, it's back to normal programming again. I need to plan... things, especially for two books. I ended up starting a new scarf, because this is how I plan: I knit. It's a meditative process where my mind lays out stuff while the needles move.

So, that's about it, small updates. :D
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2017-05-29 08:38 am
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A long-awaited update.

For people who are concerned about my previous posts about health:

The CT scan showed that it was just a fluid-filled cyst and my specialist didn't seem fussed about it, only slated another blood test (she's well-known for it amongst the nurses!) when I see her again in July. The blood test is to evaluate my liver functions. So basically ever since I came back from Perth, Australia, I had been exercising and watching what I eat. Gruelling and sometimes downright miserable-making for me - but it's paying off.

Just as well that my body past 40 seems to be rejecting/hating/disliking things gluten and dairy... which was a doozy for me because I love yoghurt and bread. But it seems that my colon doesn't appreciate a lot of it and even a tiny smidgeon triggers it to grumbling.

But hey, I feel fine at age 42.

So, that's the long and short about my health. Just give me lots of nice salads when you see me next time. :D
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2017-04-23 01:25 pm
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Updates: Swancon, back home.

I flew back from Swancon last Tuesday. Plane landed ahead of schedule. It was 4am. Spent a couple of days adjusting. It was a bit of a culture shock coming back to Singapore.

But Swancon has been awesome: nourishing to the soul and uplifting my spirits.
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2017-03-27 09:09 am
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More (medical) updates

Fast forward.

So, I have mild fatty liver and a 1cm lesion on my liver. Going in for a CT scan about two hours' time.

Positive, healing and good thoughts appreciated.

This has me totally strung=out and anxious.
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2017-03-14 10:08 am
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Another update.

This week in drama minggu ini…

Due to a drug allergy to the antibiotics,

I have rashes all over my body, the worst on my back, the most obvious on my upper arms.

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On a happier note, I will be GoH at Swancon 42!
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2017-03-01 01:02 pm
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1st March!

I will write.

I will live my life to the fullest.

Joy, kindness, peace.
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2017-02-27 12:30 pm
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Now: birthday week.

I turn 42.

Nature's given me a viral infection as a birthday present.

I am still alive. :D
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2017-02-20 01:28 pm
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Rumors about my death have been greatly exaggerated.

I am still alive.

Fever went away, though I still feel weak/fatigued. Though I had to end up cleaning the house (sweeping, mopping, wiping) since nobody had the freaking initiative to help me when I was sick and unable to move. Well, at least, the layer of dust is gone (and we live next to a construction site, so imagine the amount of dust we get). (I am also annoyed that the said site has patches of water everywhere - and they keep on blaming homeowners for mosquito breeding, when the evidence is right there in front).

But... yeah. I am alive.
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2017-02-17 02:01 pm
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Update.

Well, I seem to have caught (suspected) dengue. So, basically from Tuesday, my body temperature went from high to low. At the moment, the panadol given by my doc is keeping the fever low and at bay. I am basically monitoring for other symptoms that might just pop up.

I pray that it's just another viral infection, not dengue, because dengue is awful.

:(
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2017-02-07 04:25 pm
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Update(ish).

Still writing, in all levels of the word.

Werewolf space opera is going to go places.

Less brooding online. More swordwork, exercise, eat fresh.
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2017-01-19 12:56 pm
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Updates.

Cleansed the house. Got a cardio workout by mopping. Now the house smells of frankincense.

Did a burning bowl ritual. Wrote letters and burned them. Now onward to recovery.
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2017-01-16 02:49 pm
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Updates.

Well, recovery has begun apace. Writing my sword fantasy which I allowed to languish in the hard-drive for ten years. TEN YEARS.

So, a hour or so ago, I received the "feedback" from a (what I thought was) a trusted person. I received an essay-length email on how sword-fighting is supposed to be not. Classic mansplaining at its best. Needless to say, I actually blocked the person's email account - I was that annoyed.

Still writing the sword fantasy, even though it doesn't fit his world view.
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2016-12-19 08:17 pm
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Update

White & Black is up for Patron patreons.
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2016-12-10 08:51 pm
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Writery stuff

My short When All The Colors Have Gone is in Rambutan Literary's 3rd issue which explores the theme of food.

Going Beyond, a Buddhistpunk poem, is up and running on my Patreon.
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2016-11-27 09:59 pm
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Updates

New chapters uploaded for Halcyon Days and Rose Thorn & Sword

Dark Claw is 99c.

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A poem of mine has been accepted/sold to Uncanny Magazine!
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2016-10-02 08:50 pm
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Updates on blog, Halcyon Days etc.

I have updated my blog, whereby you will see two new chapters of Halcyon Days, the second book of the Gabriel Sutherland series.

A lot of thinkery this weekend. Think I have been yearning for things I couldn't obtain. The feeling of having doors slammed shut in face is tiring. I have to move on. I have options. I can choose. I am not alone. It is not the end of the world.Jobs eluding me. Being rejected all the time. I have been barking up the wrong trees all the time. Time to move on.

Sipping tea. Thinking aloud. 2016 has done a number on me - but I am not going to give up.
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2016-08-24 07:31 pm
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Today starts my social media hiatus once more.

Don't worry. I will post updates. But there will be reduced presence as I need to give myself a break from social media and its consequences.
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2016-08-18 11:09 am

Updates.

Xiao Xiao & The Dragon's Pearl won runner-up in the YA category.

Chapter Five is up and running.

Thank you for the support for Sun Dragon's Song.

:)